Organismic Biophysics

Organisms as a whole are tightly coupled systems.  Their function and construction needs to be understood in an integrated manner.  Just like opening theh hood of a car and playing with the sparkplug alone does not tell you how a car runs, biological systems need to be understood in ecological, evolutionary and system contexts.  With this vision of integrated biology in mind, we are studying several non-model simple organisms (living fossils) to tackle basic questions about origins of multi-cellularity, regeneration and explaining complete behavior of an organism from basic laws of physics.


  • Soft x-ray microscopy
  • Capillary ratchets
  • Evolution of flight
  • Metamorphosis